Monday, September 23, 2013
Bridport 2-1 Ilfracombe Town
After a great midweek performance against League Two Torquay United, Ilfracombe were brought crashing back to earth with a disappointing performance away at Bridport on Saturday.
Ilfracombe were under par and struggled to get to grips with the opposition throughout the afternoon and ended up on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline.
Bridport always looked the more likely to take the lead and they did so from the penalty spot midway through the first half. After the initial danger had been cleared and with the ball heading away from goal Gary Skinner bundled over the Bridport striker and the linesman awarded the spot kick.
Kurtis Parkin got his hand to the shot but it was well placed and Bridport led.
They continued to create chances, and Frank Paxton came closest for the Bluebirds, but at the interval it remained 1-0.
Combe started to get the ball down and play in the second half as Stan Paxton and Jamie Bright both tested the keeper before they combined to find the equaliser. Bright crossed for Stan Paxton who volleyed home expertly at the near post.
Combe were only on terms for five minutes, though, as a central midfielder was allowed to waltz through three challenges before unleashing a left-footed strike past Parkin.
There was still time for some controversy as the same linesman awarded another penalty against Skinner for a debateable handball.
This time Parkin saved the kick but it wasn’t enough for the visitors to get something from the game.
“It’s disappointing after recent performances but we just weren’t good enough today,” said Ilfracombe manager Ross Middleton.
“Our possession play was poor and the two goals were giveaways.
“The positive is that’s the worst we’ve played and we were still well in the match but we have to be better. It won’t take much to get the lads up again though, the spirit’s good, they’re an honest bunch and they’ll be right up for a tough challenge on Saturday.”
Combe are hosting a reunion day at the club for anyone who’s been associated with them over the years. Everybody’s welcome, whether an ex player, manager, supporter or club member.
The day starts at 12pm with a buffet provided before the first team take on top-of-the-table Larkhall Athletic at 3pm in the Bluebirds’ first home game in more than a month.